"Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another." John 13:35

Love God. Love People. Make Disciples

Community Activist

Serving lunch with Real Men Cook while participating in the Englewood Education Empowerment Summit.

Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So Fresh Saturdays"

Getting a haircut at Powell's Barer Shop

"It is time for a change"  R.A.G.E. Community Response Board

Pastah J is a resident of the Englewood community on the southside of Chicago.  As someone who has been connected to this southside community his entire life he truly understands the sense of pride and resilience that comes from being raised here. Like many of the young people in his community he felt as if "escapism" was his only recourse in life if he wanted to have what Jesus calls the "abundant life" in John 10:10.  However, as he soon found out, Christ never wanted us to flee where he has placed us looking for somewhere better, he actually wants us to engage it and love it so that we desire for everyone in our community what we desire for ourselves.

To this end, you can find Pastah J hanging out on the porch with his neighbors, enjoying a warm latte at the Kusanya Cafe, mentoring students at Kennedy-King College (through a partnership with One Million Degrees), hanging out at Powell's Barber Shop or volunteering with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood.  These are all opportunities, as Ghandi said to "be the change he wants to see in the world"

Below are links to a few community organizations and venues  that share in his view of Englewood aka "the city of Angels".
Protesting the shooting of unarmed African Americans in our community.
Hanging out at the Kusanya Cafe with friends